Home Report Stranraer

Home reports are required by law in Scotland when it comes to selling a residential property. They are there to give buyers a solid reckoning of all the important details offering peace of mind for the buyer and the seller alike. With home reports, a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) regulated surveyor with a deep knowledge of the local area and a nearby office is essential criteria to provide a thorough and rigorous survey. If you’re selling in the Stranraer area, then Shepherds Chartered Surveyors satisfies all criteria to deliver a comprehensive and trusted home report.

Shepherd Chartered Surveyors are the largest provider of home reports in Scotland. We are represented on all major lender’s panels and our knowledge of the market in Stranraer, and the wider Dumfries and Galloway area is second to none. With many years of experience surveying locations across Scotland and a vast network of offices, we can guarantee an exceedingly high quality of service. You can be sure of speaking to an experienced Royal Institution regulated Chartered Surveyor who can provide you with a quote ahead of any commitment.

Buying in Stranraer

Stranraer, also known as The Toon, is a town in Dumfries and Galloway council area of some 10,600 residents. It is in the historical parish of Inch in the historic county of Wigtownshire of which it was also the main market town, on the shores of Loch Ryan, on the northern side of the isthmus joining the Rhins of Galloway to the mainland. By road it is roughly 52 miles southwest of Ayr, 72 miles to the west of Dumfries and 87 miles southwest of Glasgow. Stranraer is Dumfries and Galloway's second-largest town, with a population including the immediate surrounding area of nearly 13,000 inhabitants.

The history of Stranraer predominantly centres around it being a main ferry port for the region. In fact, it was so widely used it once connected Scotland with Belfast and Larne in Northern Ireland. However, the last service was transferred to nearby Cairnryan in November 2011, though the ferry port does still play a role in the local economy, as do related industries, but also tourism as well as farming and agriculture. Many people in the town and nearby are employed in these sectors but a small percentage also commute into Newton Stewart and to Dumfries.

Transport links to Stranraer are well developed as you would expect being a ferry port. The A77 road is within easy reach and allows travel north towards Ayr, Prestwick and Glasgow. The A75 runs east from Stranraer to through Newton Stewart, Castle Douglas, Dumfries, Annan and Gretna, with onward links to the M6 for travel to Carlisle and further into England. Bus services are extensive with many of the main national coach providers in operation. For instance, National Express offer a service to London, and Scottish Citylink operates services to Edinburgh. Local services to the surrounding area are also frequent daily. The town also has its own railway station on the Glasgow southwestern line. Trains services operate daily offering direct travel to Ayr, Glasgow Central, and Kilmarnock.

In terms of things to do and amenities in Stranraer and the surrounding area, there are plenty of things to see and do. The town centre has many independent shops as well as your usual chain retailers and supermarkets. There are lots of great places to dine out too. The West Pier has been redeveloped in recent years and offers lovely leisurely strolls along the waterfront. On a clear day the islands of Ailsa Craig and Arran can be seen from the north end. The town’s main attraction is the Castle of St. John, a ruined four-storey tower house built around 1500, which sits on a green right in the middle of the main street. There are several eye-catching artworks in the area surrounding the castle too. Stranraer Museum can be found in the old town hall nearby and gives a thorough account of the history of the town and surrounding area.

Just east of Stranraer is Castle Kennedy Gardens, with the castle itself, two lochs, a giant lily pond and an avenue of monkey puzzle trees. Logan Botanic Garden can be found roughly 13 miles south and is home to many exotic ferns and palms and features a beautiful walled garden.

Also worth a particular mention is that Stranraer is the gateway to the Rhinns of Galloway, the hammer-head peninsula south of Stranraer and the most southerly point in Scotland. It is an area of beautiful Scottish scenery, from white sandy beaches with clear blue water, old world buildings and ruins, little settlements, and a whole host of walking and nature spotting opportunities.

In terms of local schooling then, Stranraer has five primary schools: Belmont, Park, Rephad, Sheuchan and St. Joseph's R.C. The secondary school, Stranraer Academy, is a comprehensive school with around 1,200 pupils, and serves the area of Stranraer, the Rhins, and parts of the Machars, Wigtownshire.

At July 2022, the property in Stranraer stood at an above-average Scottish value of £132,565. Though different property types in Stranraer have had different average selling prices over the last 12 months: £220,654 for detached properties, £128,062 for semi-detached, £104,722 for terraced, and £56,055 for flats. Stranraer is currently undergoing redevelopment in the South Central Area (known as Dick's Hill, Ochtrelure and the southern part of Liddesdale Road area into Gallow Hill).

Why Use Shepherds

Shepherd Chartered Surveyors are the largest provider of home reports in Scotland, with origins dating back to the 18th century. Fully regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, we can offer an in-depth knowledge of the Stranraer property market that nobody else can.

If you’re looking for a home report in Stranraer, you’ll find the nearby Shepherds branch located at 18 Castle Street, Dumfries, DG1 1DR. This office covers the areas of Auldgirth, Annan, Bankend, Castle Douglas, Clarencefield, Closeburn, Collin, Corsock, Crocketford, Dalbeattie, Dalry, Dumfries, Dunscore, Eastriggs, Ecclefechan, Eskdalemuir, Glenluce, Gretna, Kingholm-Quay, Kirkconnel, Kirkcudbright, Langholm, Leadhills, Lochfoot, Lochmaben, Lockerbie, Moffat, Moniaive, Newton Stewart, Penpoint, Port William, Portpatrick, Sanquhar, Springholm, Stranraer, Thornhill, Twynholm, Wanlockhead, Whithorn and Wigtown, equating to postcode areas DG1, DG2, DG3, DG4, DG5, DG6, DG7, DG8, DG9, DG10, DG11, DG12, DG13, DG14 and DG16. We are available at our office to give you a quote at any time. Nobody can offer the same level of local market knowledge as Shepherds, our wealth of experience, proven industry expertise and vast network of offices stand testament to that.

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